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How to Unlock iPad If Forgot Password

Do you want to unlock an iPad if you forgot the passcode?

If you use an iPad passcode to secure your iPhone content, you’ll need to enter your passcode to unlock the iPad.  It’s a bit troublesome when you forgot the iPad passcode, you are not able to access your iPad. After many failed passcode attempts, your iPad will disable itself.  A disabled iPad means that you can’t use your iPad anymore. If you take no action for a disabled iPad, it can stay disabled for months or years once it’s powered on. That’s why it’s important to unlock an iPad if you forgot the passcode.

In this article, we’ll show you how to unlock an iPad if you forgot the passcode.

How to unlock an iPad if you forgot the passcode
How to Unlock an iPad If You Forgot the Passcode

Why Forget the iPad Passcode or iPad is Disabled?

  1. You can’t remember your passcode. Maybe you use multiple iOS devices and set up a unique passcode for each one. Suddenly, you forgot it like your brain is wiped. Or if you’ve changed the iPad passcode many times, you won’t remember the current passcode. Or because you’ve not used the iPad for a long time you forgot it. It’s easy to forget a passcode.
  2. When your iPad is entered wrong passcodes by you, your friends, or families, or when you retrieve your lost iPad, you’ll find the iPad is disabled, try again with messages with a black disabled screen.

Things You Need to Know before Unlocking a Forgotten iPad Passcode.

You can’t bypass unlocking your forgotten passcode iPad by resetting it. The only way to unlock your iPad is to reset it by wiping everything on it. You’re lucky if you have previous backups before you forgot the iPad passcode or before the lockout. Otherwise, you will lose all your data on the iPad, and you’ll learn a hard lesson to write down and remember your iPad passcode, or keep regular iPad backup habits.

What Are the Forgotten iPad Passcode Patterns?

A six-digit passcode, four-digit numeric passcode, a custom numeric code, or a custom alphanumeric code.

If there are chances for you to remember your iPad passcode, enter your correct passcode and you can unlock it without any hassle.  If you’d like to try the possible passcodes, you’ll need to wait for the required minutes or 1 hour to try again. Refer to how many failed passcode on the iPad. after 10 failed passcode attempts, you’ll find the message  “iPad is disabled connect to iTunes”. The message will not change anymore, and you won’t be able to input the passcode entries unless you reset the iPad.

Don’t want to waste your time guessing the forgotten iPad passcode? Let’s dive into the unlocking solutions.

Part 1. Unlock the iPad Passcode When You Forgot It on Finder or iTunes.

Apple’s iTunes or Finder both can reset the forgotten iPad passcode by restoring it to factory settings. By restoring with iTunes or Finder, your iPad will be reset and wiped all data on it. Later you can set it up when the iPad restarts.

On iTunes.

  • Open iTunes on Mac or Windows.
  • Connect your forgotten passcode iPad to the computer with a USB cable.
  • Put your iPad into Recovery Mode.

Recovery Mode button operations for your iPad.

For your iPad models with Face ID, such as iPad Pro 12.9-inch, 11-inch generations.

Press and hold the Top button and either volume button until the power off slider appears. Turn off your iPad. Then connect your iPad to your computer while holding the Top button. Keep holding the Top button until you see the Recovery Mode screen.

For iPad models with Home Button, such as iPad, iPad mini, iPad air with the home button.

Press and hold the Top button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn off your iPad. Then connect your iPad to your computer while holding the Home button. Keep holding the Home button until you see the Recovery Mode screen.

When a screen pops up, click the Restore iPad button on the screen.

On Finder. (MacOS Catalina or later)

Start Finder on your Mac.

Plug your iPad into your computer with the cable and put it in recovery mode.

When the screen prompts with saying “There is a problem with the iPad that requires it to be updated or restored”, click Restore.

Part 2. Unlock the Forgotten iPad Passcode Using the Software.

Among many iPhone Unlocker on the software market, we test and pick this SD iPhone Passcode Unlocker. The app can unlock the forgotten passcode iPad in a few minutes, easy, stable, and fast.

Firstly, free download the app and install it on your PC or Mac. Choose your version.

Step 1. Open the app and head to the Unlock Screen Passcode section – Wipe Passcode.

Step 2. Connect your iPad with the forgotten passcode to your computer with the USB cable. Then put it to recovery mode following the onscreen recovery mode steps and snapshots. Click the Device connected but not recognized button to see the snapshot directions.

Step 3. Click Start. Click Start to download the firmware packages.

Step 4. When the firmware is downloaded and verified successfully, Click Unlock. Confirm with the onscreen directions. Wait for a minute. Done.

Wait for your iPad to get restarted. Then you can set it up or restore it from the previous backups.

Video Tutorial:

Part 3. Reset iPad Passcode – Erase iPad on iCloud.

If you’ve turned on find my iPad before you forgot the iPad passcode, and your iPad is connected to Wi-Fi or cellular network, you can wipe your iPad on the iCloud website on any of your mobile phone or computer.

  1. Open on any of your browsers.
  2. Enter your Apple ID and password to log in. Click Trust and enter the pin code when it pops up.
  3. Click All Devices and locate your iPad. Click the iPad name of your device.
  4. Click Erase iPad and confirm by entering your Apple ID password.

Part 4. Erase the iPad when forgot the passcode with Erase iPad option, on iPadOS 15.2 or later.

Apple has developed a new way for iPad users to reset their forgotten passcode devices, the Erase iPad option since iPadOS 15.2. And the iPadOS 16 still offers this functionality to erase and reset the iPad when users got locked out of it.

The steps are simple. Tap Erase iPad on the bottom right of the screen. Tap Erase iPad again. And then enter your Apple ID password to sign out of your device. Wait for a while and later set it up.

The method also has several prerequisites. If you have no erase option and ask why. Please move to our tutorial: iPad Unavailable No Erase Option What to Do.

We hope this article helped you find how to unlock an iPad if you forgot the passcode. And you may also want to read our tutorial on iPhone Unavailable, How to Sign out of Apple ID on iPhone, How to Transfer Photos from PC to iPadUnlock Disabled iPad without iTunes, Forgot iPad Passcode, iPad is Disabled and Won’t Connect to iTunes and iPad Unavailable.

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Amanda Lee

I am the chief editor of I have been engaged in software and computer gadgets fields for over 10 years, offering proven guides, tips, and software solutions in data recovery, and multimedia field.

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